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Corneal Transplant Macular Degeneration
My dad has age related macular degeneration and his sight is failing fast. Is a cornea transplant an option?
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
Unrelated: Having macular degeneration does not cause or prevent the treatment of corneal diseases that require corneal transplantation. Getting the transplant will likely improve the vision as much as possible and allow clearer inspection of the macula. Ask your ophthalmologists for the specifics of his case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two types: This is a failure of the maintainance of the health of vessels supplying the critical, central portion of the retina. In the 'wet' form, the vessels leak and can cause sudden, profound vision loss. The dry form vessels slowly dry up, leading to gradual vision loss. Meds to treat the wet form are available and if successful, convert you to the dry form. Use the areds supplement to slow it down. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?
Yes: Long tern studies have show that eye vitamins, sunglasses, no smoking, and a healthy diet full of green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, and fish, can help to slow down the progression of macular degeneration. It might also be helpful to see a retinal specialist to determine if this is age related or hereditary, as the progression may vary with the different types. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Genetics are Key: Recent studies show that the main risk factors for developing amd are genes you inherited from your parents related to inflammation. Environment also plays a role. Smoking is a definite risk factor and dietary intake also probably also plays a role. The role of light exposure in provoking amd is still undecided. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stronger: Some compensation for the diminshed vision of macular degeneration is possible by increasing the light intensity. Solar corrective bulbs can also help; with this. These improve the vision a little but will not affect the course of the macular changes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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